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Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Oct. 15 - 19

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is out of touch! Literally, I mean. He's in Jerusalem (that's in Israel, for you beauty pageant contestants) for the whole week for that city's annual "Conference of Mayors." >More
 Madison council members revive fluorescent-bulb proposal

Perhaps the timing is finally right. With Al Gore winning a Nobel prize for highlighting the issue of global warming, the Madison Common Council may feel inspired to pass an ordinance requiring landlords to use energy-efficient light bulbs. At Tuesday's Common Council meeting, Alds. Larry Palm and Brian Solomon will re-introduce the proposal. >More
 The CDA's no-bid contracts

A division of the Madison Community Development Authority charged with providing housing to the needy has entered into no-bid contracts with outside companies worth tens of thousands of dollars, despite rules requiring the solicitation of bids for all contracts over $5,000. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Oct. 8 - 12

Mayor Dave will face a tough audience bright and early at 7:30 Wednesday morning for the Chamber of Commerce's "Eggs and Issues" at the Concourse. Presumably, the eggs will be of the scrambled variety and not available for Chamber members to throw at Cieslewicz. >More
 PrairieFire Biofuels' annual meeting a real gas

Sean Michael Dargan admits he is "biodiesel crazy." One of the founding members of PrairieFire BioFuels Co-op, which started in 2005, Dargan bought his first diesel car in 2001 and started using biodiesel fuel. Dargan helped host the PrairieFire BioFuels Co-op membership meeting on Thursday night at the High Noon Saloon. The annual meeting brought out an eclectic group of supporters, from school teachers to ex-hippies to local band members. The co-op now has 274 members. >More
 Is Mayor Dave's Teflon wearing off?

"I think the mayor has hurt himself pretty severely," says Mark Bugher, who resigned last week as chair of the Economic Development Commission (EDC) because of the hiring. "He's not being as sensitive to our efforts as he should be." >More
 Badgers Then and Now brings WAR to Madison for UW Homecoming

"Some of us come to Homecoming every year, and we realized there is nothing to do after the game," says C.R. Wormsby of Badgers Then and Now, "so we decided to have a benefit concert to raise some money for scholarships." The concert will be held in the Exhibition Hall at Monona Terrace, and will feature the current incarnation of WAR, the group that forged rock, Latin, soul, R&B, and jazz to create such iconic songs as "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" >More
 Kathleen Falk's 2008 Dane County budget is tentative

With the state budget still being hammered out, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has to do a lot of guessing. At a press conference Monday announcing her 2008 budget, Falk noted there were "hundreds" of budget lines that are affected by the lack of a state budget. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts -- Oct. 1 - 5

At what point will these public safety listening sessions become repetitive? Monday night, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz will attend one for west side Districts 1 and 7, which border District 20, home to not only a listening session, but also a police response session. >More
 Greg Bump blogs the budget slog

I almost wish the state Legislature would never get its act together and pass a budget. Because when they do, the Budget Blog will come to an end. >More
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